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11/21/2011
 

Luzerne County Turkey Hill Sells $59.9 Million Jackpot-Winning Powerball® Ticket

Middletown – Pennsylvania Lottery officials today announced that the Turkey Hill at 980 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, Luzerne County, sold the single jackpot-winning ticket for the $59.9 million Nov. 19 Powerball® drawing. 

“We’re thrilled to have sold this jackpot-winning Powerball ticket in Pennsylvania, especially just before the holidays,” said Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci.  “Whether the winner opts for the $59.9 million annuity or the $37.6 million one-time cash payment, it looks like this could be a very happy holiday season for a lucky Pennsylvania Powerball player.

“Not only does Powerball allow the Pennsylvania Lottery exciting opportunities to create new millionaires, but Powerball sales this calendar year have generated about $65 million for programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians. Last fiscal year, the Lottery contributed $39.3 million to programs that benefited Luzerne County older residents.”

Saturday’s winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 09-16-17-28-30, plus the red Powerball, 11.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the Nov. 19 winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated. No claim has yet been filed.

Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.  Each jackpot winner has 60 days from the date he or she claims the prize to decide between receiving 30 annuity payments over 29 years or a one-time cash payment.

The Lottery encourages the holder of the winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, contact a financial advisor, then call the Lottery at 717-702-8146.  Powerball jackpot prizes must be claimed at Lottery headquarters, 1200 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown, Dauphin County.  Claims may be filed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Wyoming Ave. Turkey Hill has been a Pennsylvania Lottery retailer since 1998 and will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

For the Wednesday, Nov. 23 drawing, the Powerball jackpot returns to an estimated $20 million annuity and $12.6 million cash prize.

Pennsylvania has sold 14 jackpot-winning tickets since joining Powerball, including Saturday’s winning ticket. The most recent jackpot ticket sold in Pennsylvania was for the Feb. 28, 2009 drawing, when a $46.6 million cash prize was awarded to a Montgomery County woman.

How to play Powerball: Players pay $1 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 39 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.

Powerball features an option called Power Play, for an extra $1 per Powerball play (game).  A player who matches five white balls and purchased Power Play wins $1 million. Other non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by the Power Play number drawn.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 participating jurisdictions. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed nearly $21.5 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

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